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entire economy to do so. joining me now is robert borosage, a contributing editor of the nation and codirector of the campaign for america's future. what a pleasure to have you on the show. welcome to "viewpoint." >> delighted to be with you. >> john: let's start with this, congress as we know is currently on vacation, again. have both sides sir resigned themselves or some last-minute deal to kick the can further down the road? >> i think you're going to see a lot of last-minute maneuvering and press release and press conferences but it looks pretty much like this sequester is going to take place. >> john: if the pew poll we just mentioned 76% say the president's combination of spending cuts and tax increases is the right approach versus 19% that want only spending cuts. so is it safe to say that no longer -- it doesn't really matter what the people really want? is it just about who can spin, sell their message better come election time next year? >> well, yes and it is perverse. republicans in some ways have a stake in a bad economy in 2014, they'll do better. voters tend to bl
, if you do something to the parent company, that might endanger in the economy. they're saying you get a get out of jail free card. elizabeth warren wrote he about this. i wanted to give a quote from one of the executives at these financial companies and they be have you talk about what it means. he says perhaps someone ought to remind the senator the campaign is over, and she should act accordingly if she wants to be taken seriously. decipher that for me. >> well, i mean, look, the conventional wisdom in washington, and remember, washington is a place that runs on money. money from executives like you just quoted, so the conventional wisdom that that money creates is you can only be serious in washington if you don't ask tough questions of big money. so campaign contributions go in to legislators and the media relies on all sorts of corporate connections to fund it essentially itself, and so the notion of seriousness is wholly manufactured to say that somebody like elizabeth warren who asked a clearly straight forward question, why haven't you prosecuted these people to take that ques
and to our economy. cbp would have to furlough all of its employees reduce overtime, and eliminate hiring to back-fill positions. >> michael: in all, homeland security would lose 5,000 agents. that is a big deal. next up, gun control. the president wants universal background checks but a sequester would make such a system difficult to enact would it would mean cuts in agents and federal attorneys. and then there is education. the president has called for universal preschooling but the sequester would slash $400 million from head start and that means nearly 63,000 children would be dropped from the program. the republicans outlook seems to be, if we can break the economy now, we have bought the presidency in 2016. joining me now is juana summers, she comes to us from washington, d.c. welcome back inside "the war room." >> thanks for having me back. >> michael: so how damaging actually will these cuts be to the president's second term agenda. >> it's important to note when you talk about sequestration it touches every part of the american economy, big prior advertise t
. >> obama: these cuts are not smart. they are not fair. they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment roles. this is not an abstraction. people will lose their jobs. >> michael: now time sequester to jobs of public safety seems like a smart move but the house and baner is not impressed. but once again the president offered no. weighing in during a chat hosted by political key. >> they are dumb. they are stupid, stupid, stupid. they're stupid because first of all. >> they are. >> look, there is no business in the country that makes these cuts across the board. you go in there and you try to surgically cut those things that have the least adverse on productiveity. >> michael: he said stupid stupid, stupid. bowels and simpson are trying to get it under control but to do that they say the sequester must be averted. we'll go in with donnie fowler. back at washington vice president biden took his gun safety to facebook. the town hall was streamed live and one of the first questions asked was how law-abiding citizens would protect themselves with
each other to see how much the market will bare. health insurance in our economy, the way our country works is a necessity. people need to have it. so the insurance companies not only have monopolies in most states but they compete to jack up rates not to bring down prices. it's not a cost-effective commodity. >> stephanie: the white house says there will be new competitive markets. >> that's the argument they make. the argument we would make having pushed a little farther from the left is you needed the public option to know what you are getting. because when you don't have that, the insurance companies will say this is what this costs. i am totally aware of what is happening in regard to this but this is not a reason to scrap the health care law. >> stephanie: i think the minute we hit the least little bump we get our friend allen grayson and go medicare for all. [ bell chimes ] [ applause ] . >> yes, we have to push the public option again. nobody had to actually ever buy into it, it just has to be there as a benchmark, and this is exactly what is proven in ma
their jobs. >> obama: these cuts are not smart, they are not fair they will hurt our economy, and add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment rolls. >> bill: and the president pointed out this is not selective. this is sledge hammer. >> obama: congress allows this meat cleaver approach to take place it will jeopardize our military readiness. it will eviscerate jobs. >> bill: and the president said when congress adopted this, it was so bad right, that never, never, never would anybody ever believe that congress would go along with this. >> obama: the whole design of his arbitrary cuts was to make them so unattractive and unappealing the democrats and republicans would get together and find a good compromise of sensible cuts as well as closing took loopholes and so forth. >> bill: yes, of course that presumes that members of congress are responsible and smart. either one of those are true. the boals of the simpson boals, he and allen simpson were in town yesterday, and they were asked -- erskine was asked what about this kind of approach? will th
are digging in their heels. you know what? the economy is going to go in the toilet. >> announcer: this is the "bill press show." >> jack, how old are you? >> nine. >> this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines, way inside. (vo) from the underworld, to the world of privilege. >> everyone in michael jackson's life was out to use him. (vo) no one brings you more documentaries that are real, gripping, current. >> announcer: chatting with you live at current.com/billpress this is the "bill press show." live on your radio and current tv. >> bill: hey it is 33 minutes after the hour here on a thursday morning. and vice president joe biden says you want a gun? get a shotgun. not an ar-15. we've got it all covered here this morning on the "full court press." we're talking about the fact that republicans still seem determined they really think they can let the sequester happen, let the economy go as the congressional office warns into a total tailspin, reverse our economic recovery, cut 700,000 jobs here in this co
. this is "the bill press show." one week, one week to go before the sequester kicks in and this economy goes into a tailspin. thank you, john boehner. what do you say, everybody? guess what. it's a fred. ♪ alleluia. ♪ >> damn straight friday february 22nd. ♪ alleluia. >> bill: and we love fridays here at the bill press show. ♪ alleluia. ♪ >> bill: i am sure you do as well. for some of you, a short week for you rest of us we are taking a look at the big stories of the day and giving you a chance to sound off and tell us what you think about it. 866-55-press is our toll-free number. congress comes back in session next week. they don't come back until tuesday. the sequester kicks in until friday. we will see if they can get anything done. i doubt it very very much in those three days that they are here. they like the sequester. they want it to happen. they want employees to lose their job at the pentagon. they want the economy to go in a tailspin. they want headstart and the pel grants and tsa and air traffic controllers and you name it acros
to a tea party on the right. and so they are--or they seem to be willing to sacrifice the nation's economy and sacrifice the other things that we all believe in and americans want like social security, medicare, education, job training, all the things we come to expect and understand is necessary along with the military. >> john: well, i recall john boehner boasting how he got 98% of what he wanted in the last deal. doesn't it seem like there is plenty of blame to go around in terms of republicans and democrats not trying to fix this problem rather than assigning blame. >> there is blame to go around all the time. but when the republicans say that the democrats and the white house have not come forward with any spending cuts, they seem to, again, going back to amnesia they seem to disregard the $1.5 trillion of spending cuts that the president has agreed to. we're going back to zero. they have an odd arithmetic. when they agree to spending cuts. they say fine and then say they want more spending cuts. they want to go after social security and medicare. that's their goal. but they don't wan
are not smart. they're not fair. they will hurt our economy. they will add hundreds of thousands of americans to the unemployment rolls. this is not an abstraction. people will lose their jobs. the unemployment rate might pick up again. >> i will denight president -- i will deny the president -- >> stephanie: boner said washington democrats new found concern about the president's sequester -- he's clever how he keeps calling it -- [ ♪ hypnotic ♪ ] >> obama quester. >> stephanie: social media boys and i came up with that over bourbon. >> and you can tell! >> obama quester. >> stephanie: rolls off the tongue. words alone won't avert it. replacing the president's sequester. there it is again in the second sentence. >> obama quester. hashtag. do you see the hashtag first or after? >> stephanie: i'm doing boner. >> but you probably didn't know either. [ laughter ] >> stephanie: i was mocking him for something -- is this where we break or no? >> yes. good lord. >> stephanie: replace the president's sequester will require a plan to cut spending to put us back on the path to a budget to keep the
. congressman ryan, you think helping the president fix the economy might do you some good. for more, alex isenstadt is a political reporter with politico. rick ungar is a contributor with forbes.org. thank you for coming back on the show. >> my favorite place to be. >> thanks for having me. >> john: let me start with you, rick. republicans are whining the president won't lead and when he does, it is only playing politics. is this the typical whining we hear from the power who is always out of power? we heard plenty of complaints from democrats about president bush or is it personal this time? >> it is clearly personal. i think senator rubio told the truth. even though it is pretty much the same bill he would propose if the president proposes the immigration bill, it is dead on arrival. it has to come from the republicans. that spoke volumes. >> john: it was true. alex, according to the white house, president obama did reach out to speak with senators rubio, graham and mccain on immigration today. now, is that really so unusual? i mean the white house insists this president makes regular c
of having more wal-marts and maintaining walmart's domination in the economy. walmart drives a trend of lower wages, worse benefits, less legal accountability for companies, less opportunities for workers to sit across the tables and make demands of management. if you support those trends then there is every reason to support burwell. >> cenk: is there anybody at walmart that you would not have objected to? >> if the question is there anything who works full time for walmart advancing the company's agenda belong in the president's cabinet? we should know that his administration has praised walmart from the hiring the veterans but no, the question is should someone who works full time strengthening walmart's hold on the u.s. economy be a policy make center deciding whether regulations are going to be approved, including those that affect walmart i would say no. >> cenk: hillary clinton was on walmart's board of directors for six years, too. do you think she should not have been secretary of state? >> i think there is a whole range of issues that one should consider in terms of clinton
these big problems. it creates a lot of uncertainty in our economy. >> michael: i mean that's that bully pulpit you were just referring to. the only guy who seems in charge. >> right exactly. and can you imagine what would happen if harry reid had shut down the senate and gone away for nine days, and the republican president they would have gone ballistic. the american people right now want something done. they see this president's proposal as a good, strong compromise. compromise is not a four-letter word but to these republicans it is. all it is to the american people is game playing. when you have a president that's already cut these budgets and handles the deficit by 725 trillion-dollar when he has got a plan that takes us another $1.8 trillion which includes some revenue on the richest of americans, that makes sense to people. so you know, i just think if they're going it take--if they think that they're going to drive this issue into the 2014 elections, you know, they got another think coming. >> michael: i don't understand where they go for these 2014 elections. steve israel said
this is not going to be good for the economy or ordinary people but i don't know if they are going to move. the president yesterday. >> obama: i don't know why in this senate folks leave stuff until the last minute. there is no other profession no other industry, where people wait until the 11th hour to solve these big problems, and obviously it creates a lot of uncertain tiff in our economy. >> stephanie: you know what is interesting -- who voted for the sequester. democratic vote. zero. republican votes 218 [♪ fun-facts music ♪]. >> who moved it through the house when he was dragging he got 98% of what we wanted. >> stephanie: jay carney. >> with the jobs on the line if the squeeser takes place, and the president will as he continues to do call on republicans in congress to agree to avoid the sequester because it's a wholly unnecessary inflected wound on the country. >> stephanie: so be it is what he said yesterday. >> yes, they will let the sequester happen but the polls show they won't blame the president. [♪ "world news tonight" theme ♪] >> stephanie: i was
to tell me that we can't cut 2% out of a $3.6 trillion economy without facing utter disaster. >> stephanie: the interesting thing that's what boner agreed on his fancy powerpoint presentation. >> yes, and these other people called economists believe it. >> stephanie: it's a boner-quester. >> he is the quinti sen shall upstairs person in downtown abbey. [ laughter ] >> stephanie: that's right. we'll be right back on the "stephanie miller show." >> what is this the twilight zone? >> announcer: it is the "stephanie miller show"! ♪ current tv is the place for true stories. with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines. real, gripping, current. documentaries... on current tv. ♪ >> announcer: stephanie miller. ♪ you are an obsession, you are my obsession, who do you want me to be to make you sleep with me ♪ ♪ you are an obsession, you are my obsession ♪ >> stephanie: uh-huh. oh grab a number. it is the "stephanie miller show." twenty-one minutes after the hour. karl frisch in the side car. at least they have not descended to just ba
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